According to Ben Chandler, cutting federal spending could damage the economy. Which economy? The nation’s or Chandler’s. One might say that Ben is heavily invested in spending. For example, he recently endorsed $56 billion for high speed railways. Kentucky won’t benefit, but Ben’s bottom line will. Those hoping for contracts are generous. To date, labor unions have given Ben $785,000; transportation interests more than $232,000.
Ben has a vested concern in other votes as well. His choice to keep Obamacare was not a big surprise. One of the bill’s “good things” as far as Ben is concerned, is a $10 billion bailout for the UAW’s sagging pension plan. (UAW — $37,000 donor). The Stimulus Bill has proven a “gift that keeps on giving,” netting Ben $62,000 from recipients of just one contract.
Chandler has less than two years to fill his war chest. After spending roughly $2.5 million smearing Andy Barr’s reputation, Ben is broke. Other than infrastructure, where will he turn for money? Chandler’s never-ending Social Security scare campaign has always done well, netting $196,000 from retirees. It will be hard to top one of Ben’s final money events last season: a full-blown pep rally complete with pom-poms and screaming T-shirted women. Ben gave a speech about his grandparents. Hard to imagine, isn’t it?
Ben says he’s “working for Kentucky.” Actually, that’s one word too many. He’s “working Kentucky” for cash. Soon it will be another day, another opponent to smear. It’s a tough life. And an expensive one. Watch your back, Kentucky.